The importance of catering hygiene
When choosing a catering service, there are a number of things to consider. These include price, menu and additional services. What some might not realise is the importance of hygiene. When working with food, it is essential that certain standards are lived up to.
When handling food, caterers need to make sure that they avoid cross-contamination. Cross-contamination occurs when you handle different foods without changing utensils, gloves or washing your hands. Foods like pork, fish and chicken can prove particularly dangerous if bacteria from one food passes on to the other. Similarly, if somebody has an allergy, you don't want their food to come in contact with a possible allergen.
Food storage is another important part of hygiene in the kitchen. Foods need to be stored properly in order to prevent spoilage. If foods need to be kept cold, they should not be allowed to reach room temperature. Similarly, if they need to be kept warm, the right temperature needs to be maintained. If cold foods get too warm, bacterial growth can develop really quickly and cause a number of health problems. Different foods also need to be stored separately. Raw meat should be placed on the bottom with chicken, fish and pork on the lowest shelves of all.
Basic hygiene practices
Finally, there are other basic practices that need to be followed like food washing and hand washing. Keeping your work surfaces clean is also essential. By following these guidelines, it prevents any unpleasant surprises.
When choosing a catering service, it's important to make sure that they practice proper hygiene. Take a look at online reviews and make sure that there have not been any reports of guests falling ill.
Urban Kitchen Catering provide event catering services throughout Glasgow and the surrounding areas. We also offer free delivery within the city of Glasgow.